Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin considers exit from party

 January 24, 2023

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) refused to confirm whether he will run for reelection in 2024, adding to uncertainty among Democrats in keeping their majority in the Senate.

Manchin shared the remarks on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

The comments

"I haven't made a decision what I'm going to do in 2024," Maching said.

“I’ve got two years ahead of me now to do the best I can for the state and for my country," he added.

The future

Machin also did not rule out a presidential or reelection bid with a different party in 2024.

"Everything is on the table," he revealed during the interview on Sunday.

"Manchin is up for re-election next year, and stressed he has not made a decision about his next steps. But Democrats are certainly hoping he’ll run for another term as he may be the only Democrat who can hold onto a state former President Donald Trump won by 39 points in 2020," NBC News reported.

"Rep. Alex Mooney is already running on the Republican side, and term-limited GOP Gov. Jim Justice has also been weighing a run," it added.

In addition to West Virginia, two other Democrats face reelection in states previously won by Trump in 2020. They include Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio and Sen. Jon Tester in Montana, with Tester yet to announce whether he will run for reelection.

The 2024 Senate battle also heated up on Monday when Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ) announced his run for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's (I-AZ) seat in Arizona. The race could become a three-way battle that could open up a win for conservatives.

The 2024 Senate race is still nearly two years away, but the campaigns are already growing strong in the effort to win control of the chamber after Republicans took back a slim majority in the House in 2022.

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